Twitter growth flattens, WordPress picks up… really?

I read an article from TechCrunch today on blogging versus microblogging which includes this interesting graph:

Wordpress versus Twitter

OK, so it’s all doom and gloom for Twitter and WordPress should do a happy dance.   But wait.  This graph is about unique visitors to wordpress.com and twitter.com. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I read blogs in Google Reader and I use TweetDeck. I rarely go to these two URLs directly.   So, for all the time I spend scanning blogs and interacting on Twitter, I would personally be absent on this graph. I took a quick look at my Twitter feed and most of the people I follow post updates from various Twitter clients too.

So I wonder how one should really interpret this graph (and for that matter, a similar set of graphs from Mashable in October).  I know unique visitors is a standard metric to measure these things, but I wonder if it really shows the whole picture. Thoughts anyone?

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